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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Nov 25, 2009 5:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Phil Question

Hey Skobud, I love your essay "Birth of the Jam" on how the Grateful Dead didnt start jamming untill October of '68.

I particularly enjoyed your theory that 10/12/68 is so hot because Bob Weir was not playing that night...

"The second set jam from 10/12 was unlike anything they had done before that time and it signified a change. I never said they did not jam prior to this point.....I'm saying the attempted firing, this particular show done without Bobby and Pig, led to something new.....Think about it, you go through trying to fire your best friends from the band because they are not good enough, and then you have a show right after without them.....What is going through Jerry and Phil's head at that time??? JUSTIFICATION for the firings, of course...So they take the music in a direction they have not really visited before by doing things they had not done....Mentally freeing them up, without having anything to hold them back....Hence, dare I say, The Birth of the Jam.........."

Its like the blind leading the blind over there. Keep up the good work guys!